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  • Art Rating: C
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: D
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: Kitty Media
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 184
  • ISBN: 1-59883-097-X
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: A King\'s Lesson

A King's Lesson Vol. #01

By Briana Lawrence     January 14, 2008
Release Date: September 19, 2007

A King's Lesson Vol.#01
© Kitty Media

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Aoi Futaba / Kurenai Mitsuba
Translated by:Kitty Media
Adapted by:Kitty Media

What They Say
Sui is a brand new student at boarding school. His dorm master is Daira, a sexy stud college student called "King." Sui develops a crush on Daira, slowly deepening into mad love, only to be reciprocated by harsh words and a cold shoulder. But out of the blue one day, Daira forces himself on Sui! Hurt and confused, Sui turns to his childhood friend, Sosuke, for comfort...

The Review
The creators of “Level C” return with a story that attempts to have a plot and very little sex.

There’s only one thing better than two pretty boys: three pretty boys! The front cover shows a young man surrounded by two other men and one can only guess that this will be the makings of either a love triangle or a threesome. Nine times out of ten it’s a love triangle, but hey, fans can dream right?

The title is displayed in long, curvy letters, complete with a crown resting on top of the “I” in “King.” The back cover shows two of the boys in front of several piles of books, the smaller boy sitting in the larger boy’s lap. The larger boy has a cape draping off of his shoulders and there’s a crown hanging above his head, showing that he is indeed the king that the title speaks of. Both the front and back covers are splashed with bright colors and the canon “Kitty Media” sex kitten logo is displayed on the spine of the book.

If anyone has ever glanced at the “Level C” manga they’ll know immediately that this is the exact same art style. Sui has huge, bright eyes and is incredibly small compared to both Sosuke and Daiki. Both Sousuke and Daiki pretty much have the same build; both are very tall with large shoulders and long legs.

Daiki is always in a darker background whenever he’s in a scene or he’s wearing darker clothing when he’s in a bright background. Both Sui and Sosuke are the exact opposite and are in bright backgrounds or are wearing brighter clothing when in a dark background. I definitely think that this is intentional on the artists’ part, unfortunately, this is the most artistic detail you‘ll get out of this book. The three main characters are the only ones who get that much attention; the backgrounds are bland and there is nothing memorable about any of the side characters.

“Kitty Media” hasn’t always had the best translations in the anime and manga they release so I went in expecting the worst... and that’s exactly what I got. There are times in the story where a sentence will just stop. A character will be speaking and the sentence will stop without the dialogue being finished. There are times where sentences are missing words or the wrong word is used in the sentence. There are also times when the text is worded weird and it takes a second read through to understand what the character is trying to say.

The back cover is the only time they translate anything from Japanese to English (when they say “Daira aka King.”). In fact, the back cover is the only time they use the term “Daira” to describe Daiki, the entire manga just calls him “the King.” The only other term they use is when some of Sui’s classmates decide to call him “Midori” for his green eyes. There are no translation notes, then again, there aren’t really any Japanese terms.

Contents: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The story starts with Sui, who is way too excited about the first day of school, running head first into his not-so-secret crush, Daiki. Daiki is the embodiment of perfection; he’s smart enough to have essays nominated for a Nobel Prize, athletic enough to qualify for the Olympics, and he has movie star good looks. He’s unrealistically and disgustingly perfect, a common quality in an unoriginal boy’s love story.

Sui, after he’s done crashing into Daiki, finds his childhood friend Sosuke and they have a small reunion. Unlike Daiki, Sosuke is full of smiles, light-heartedness, and is generally a nice guy. This is around the time where that the hinted at love triangle is supposed to kick in, but don’t be fooled, the love triangle in this story is a joke. Besides a couple of random moments where Sosuke thinks he might be falling for his friend there isn’t really any romantic feelings stirring between the two of them. Sui is too busy trying to get Daiki to acknowledge his existence and Daiki is too busy being a robotic, unfeeling seme who can’t comprehend what love is.

After some study sessions, dorm competitions, and lots of flower decorations Daiki randomly decides to rape Sui to express his feelings. Eventually, Sosuke discovers that Daiki has done something to his best friend/non-existent love interest and they get into a fight. Sui stops the fight and somehow comes to the conclusion that Daiki just doesn’t know how to express love, hence the rape, and he’s the only one who can show “the King” how to show love. The last few pages are a blur of random, unnecessary plot points (Sui almost leaves the school) and quick attempts to make Daiki a deep and meaningful character. It doesn’t take long for Sui to forget about the rape and the two proceed to have sweet and sappy sex.

And believe it or not… that’s the end of the story.

Having read all of “Level C” I didn’t expect much from this manga. At most it might’ve given readers pages of hot sex with an extremely simple plot. However, this story tries to have more plot than sex. That’s not a bad thing, a healthy dose of plot goes great with boy sex, the only problem is that the plot in this story is terrible. It’s horribly cliché. But cliché plotlines are, unfortunately, very common in this genre. As a boy’s love fan I’ve gotten use to that; it’s the unrealistic plots that bother me the most.

If you’re going to do the “rape equals love” scenario then please don’t solve the problem in less than twenty pages. If you end everything with happy rainbows and flowers in an unbelievably short period of time your readers will most likely be sickened by those final love confessions. And if you’re going to do the “best friend” love triangle then develop it in more than just a few panels of the manga.

Daiki’s coldness towards Sui is too sudden. The final attempts to make his actions justifiable by saying he doesn’t know any better is a pathetic way to get a happily ever after. Sui is too forgiving of the situation. He’s worse than the leading heroine in a Lifetime movie because pages after being raped he’s all smiles and in love with Daiki all over again. Sosuke’s romantic love for Sui comes in random spurts that don’t fit in the story at all. He also has to win some kind of award for being the worst friend ever since he lets Sui pursue his love for Daiki, even after knowing how much Daiki has hurt him.

Perhaps if things weren’t wrapped up so neatly, or at least stretched into a multi-volumed work, this story could’ve been better. As it stands this manga isn’t worth anyone’s time.


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